Swedish atmospheric doom metallers, with strong sludge and post-rock influences, THE MOTH GATHERER, will release their second full-length album, “The Earth Is The Sky”, on November 27th via Agonia Records. In anticipation, the band has revealed a brand new track, “Pale Explosions”, which is available for listening below. The track features guest vocal appearence by Thomas Jäger from Monolord. Stream “Pale Explosions” at:
The Swedes took their time after “A Bright Celestial Light” – their warmly received debut album – was released in 2013. While the effort was immediately slated as a solid first step for a newcomer, the band quickly focused on their next chapter and devoted two years to perfect their vision. In return, “The Earth Is The Sky” feels more mature and multi-dimensional, with a breathtaking effect. Based on the formula of progressive riffs and twists through tempos, the album makes use of hypnotic passages mixed with tranquil moments and lusciously vibrant heaviness. On top of that, THE MOTH GATHERER contionues to experiment with different influences and emotions, to invoke a galvanizing response.
Commented by the band: “The Earth Is The Sky is an album where we tried to take everything as far as we could. There where points during the recording where we honestly spoke about giving up and calling it a day, it felt like we would crumble under the album. But we suffered through. The result is a desperation about how humanity drags it all to the end. Where A Bright Celestial Light was an introvert journey into decay, The Earth Is The Sky is a journey to the highest point on Earth where you sit down and contemplate about our existence while watching the flames from the burning world”.
“The Earth Is The Sky” features some notable guests, including: David Johanssonfrom Kongh, Wacian from Code, The Cuukoo from Terra Tenebrosa as well as Thomas Jäger from Monolord.
The album was recorded recorded over a period of two years in three different studios and mixed & mastered by Karl Daniel Lidén (Dozer, The Old Wind, Switchblade,Terra Tenebrosa). The artwork has been made by SCG,whileSwedish printer, EJG, prepared the layout, creating an exclusive painting for each of the six tracks the album features.
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Venom Inc. (UK), Vader (PL), Divine Chaos (UK), Zompok (USA) 16. 10. 2015 od 20:00 Melodka, Brno
V polovině října zamíří do brněnské Melodky dvě legendy evropského metalu, britští Venom Inc. a polští Vader. Obě kapely avizují sety poskládané ze starších desek.
Venom Inc. představují kultovní praotce black metalu v letech 1988 až 1992, kdy kapela hrála v sestavě Demolition Man (basa, zpěv), Mantas (kytara), Abaddon (bicí). Fanoušci se tak mohou těšit na koncert postavený především na albech Prime Evil (1989) a Temples Of Ice (1991). Klasické písně Venom by ale také neměly chybět.
Polští Vader, druhý headliner večera, patří už léta ke klasikům evropské death metalové scény. Na aktuálním turné slibují speciální playlist postavený na demo nahrávkách Necrolust (1987) a Morbid Reich (1990) a prvním albu The Ultimate Incantation (1992).
Jako support v Brně vystoupí melodický death/thrash Divine Chaos z Velké Británie a doom/sludge Zompok z USA.
Vstupenky na koncert Vader a Venom Inc. jsou k dispozici ve všech běžných předprodejních sítích nebo prostřednictvím webu pořadatelské agentury. Více informací hledejte na webu www.obscure.cz.
Italy’s finest purveyors of Black/Doom Metal, FORGOTTEN TOMB, are about to receive a re-release of their classic thrid album, “Love’s Burial Ground”, in CD, digital formats, and for the first time LP, on Agonia Records. The remastered and remixed version, including re-vamped layout (and original cover, censored back in 2004), will have its world premiere on November 27th.
With almost 15 years of activity, 6 full-length albums and a double live in-studio album, live shows all over Europe and a worldwide underground following, FORGOTTEN TOMB definitely deserves its cult status in the current Extreme Metal scene. With now-classic albums such as the milestones of“Songs To Leave” (2002) and“Springtime Depression” (2003), the band practically crafted and gave birth to a whole new sub-genre, now regarded as Depressive Black/Doom Metal. Afterwards it managed to evolve it, destroy it and reshape it with the highly acclaimed “Love’s Burial Ground”(2004), the controversial “Negative Megalomania” (2007) and the ground-breaking“Under Saturn Retrograde”(2011). Being out of print and proper availability for way too long, “Love’s Burial Ground” is about to finally become available again.
Ferdinando ‘Herr Morbid’ Marchisio commented on the re-release: “We recently got back to Elfo Studio and reopened the mixing sessions for our classic 3rd album “Love’s Burial Ground”. The album has been hard to find for quite a while now and we felt it needed a proper re-release as we did with our first 2 albums recently. We were unsatisfied with a few details of the original release so we went there and improved our earlier mix. It retains all the original sessions and mix but we just refined a few things in the sound and remastered it all. Also, we added a few different details to the album title and tracklist and reintegrated the original cover-artwork, which was censored back then. Fans won’t be disappointed since it’s the best sounding version of this album ever and still very faithful to the original. Booklets and graphix are renewed and they include some unreleased and old pictures from that era. Last but not least, it will finally see a vinyl release with a couple of very special LP versions. This is my favourite among the first 3 FT classics and I hope you’ll enjoy its long-awaited new found glory.”
The album has been remixed and remastered in Elfo Studio (Italy) together with long-time sound engineer, Daniele Mandelli.
“Love’s Burial Ground”will be available in:
– digipack CD with booklet,
– limited black DLP with a digital download code,
– black DLP vinyl with gold and grey splatter, A4 poster and download code limited to 111 copies,
– digital formats
PSALM I: Malus Videndi Pt. I
PSALM II: Kill Life
PSALM III: Alone
PSALM IV: House of Nostaliga
PSALM V: Malus Videndi Pt. II
PSALM VI: Love’s Burial Ground
PSALM VII: Slave to Negativity
PSALM VIII: Forgotten Tomb MMIII
PSALM IX: Malus Videndi Pt. III
FORGOTTEN TOMB will embark on an headlining European tour in late October/early November 2015, supporting their latest record, “Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love”, releasedin April 2015. The band will perform a brand-new set of songs, including material from all their discography that hasn’t been played in a while, or never before. Support will come from French black metallers Nocturnal Depression.
“European Upheaval 2015” tour:
16.10.2015 – Daevacian, Bruino (TO), ITALY **
17.10.2015 – Circolo Colony, Brescia, ITALY **
22.10.2015 – Orto Bar. Ljubliana, SLOVENIA *
23.10.2015 – Rock Club Tartaros, Banskà Bystrica, SLOVAKIA *
24.10.2015 – Flying Circus Pub, Cluj Napoca, ROMANIA *
25,10.2015 – Colectiv, Bucarest, ROMANIA *
27.10.2015 – ShowBarlang, Budapest, HUNGARY *
28.10.2015 – Escape Metal Corner, Wien, AUSTRIA * 29.10.2015 – Exit-Us, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC *
30.10.2015 – Club Seilerstrasse, Zwickau, GERMANY *
31.10.2015 – K17, Berlin, GERMANY *
01.11.2015 – Estrado, Hardewijk, THE NETHERLANDS *
02.11.2015 – Tilburg, Little Devil, THE NETHERLANDS *
03.11.2015 – Lille, Le Midland, FRANCE *
04.11.2015 – The Old Angel, Nottingham, UK *
05.11.2015 – Boston Music Room, London, UK *
06.11.2015 – Club Kamikaze, Mechelen, BELGIUM *
07.11.2015 – Helvete, Oberhausen, GERMANY *
* with Nocturnal Depression
** with Mortuary Drape
The Finnish pagan metal band VORNA will release their second full length album ”Ei valo minua seuraa” (transl. ”No Light Follows Me”) on 4th December 2015. The album will be released through Inverse Records.
The album has been mixed by Tuomas Kokko from Electric Fox Studios (e.g. Swallow the Sun, Ghost Brigade) and mastered by Jaakko Viitalähde from Virtalähde Mastering (e.g. Black Crucifixion, Alghazanth, Ghost Brigade). The album cover artworks have been designed by Jarno Lahti from Kaamos Illustration & Design (e.g. Pain, Hypocrisy, Before the Dawn).
The lead-vocalist Vesa Salovaara shared a few words about the album recordings and about the actual album:
”This year has most certainly been Vorna’s busiest one to date and the whole album making process was quite intensive experience as well. The song material was constantly evolving from the earliest demo sessions in April all the way to the mixing which took place in July. As a result we think we’re holding our most mature, diverse and also, in a way, darkest album yet. Still, neither risks nor untamed intuitive ideas were avoided and we believe that one might find even somewhat surprising shades from it’s depths. Lyrically ”Ei valo minua seuraa” is dealing with quite universal and timeless themes. The story is fundamentally about a journey towards mental or spiritual equilibrium which is being torned by contradictive identities and generally estranged world.
”Jälkemme” represents the more straightforward approach of the album and that’s one of the reasons we chose it to be the first single. It’s quite a beast of a song and we believe it has a lot to offer in live environment. Come to our show and witness it yourself!”
1. Harmaudesta (Away from Grey)
2. Jälkemme (Heritage)
3. Itsetön (Soul Shriven)
4. Sieluni varjossa (In the Nightside of Self)
5. Vaipunut (Of Life Descended)
6. Yksin (Alone)
7. Hiljaiset rauniot (Silent Ruins)
Check out the new ”Jälkemme” single from below:
VORNA will head out for European tour in October. The shows in October are co-headlined with the German black metal titans Thyrgrim and the two shows in Sweden in November with the Swedish folk/viking metal band Grimner. Below you may find all tour dates:
1.10.2015 – FI – Semifinal, Helsinki
2.10.2015 – FI – Katse, Jyväskylä + Thyrgrim (DE) & Enthring (FI)
3.10.2015 – FI – Varjobaari, Tampere + Thyrgrim (DE) & Nation Despair (FI)
9.10.2015 – DE – Helvete, Oberhausen + Thyrgrim (DE), Firtan (DE) & Kapala (DE)
10.10.2015 – DE – From Hell, Erfurt + Thyrgrim (DE), Heimdalls Wacht (DE) & Pestnebel (DE)
16.10.2015 – NL – dB’s, Utrecht + Thyrgrim (DE) & Nefast (NL)
17.10.2015 – NL – Boelie’s Pub, Winschoten + Thyrgrim (DE), Hemelbestormer (BE), Anasarca (DE) & Miscall (NL)
13.11.2015 – SWE – Palatset, Linköping + Grimner (SWE) & King of Asgard (SWE)
14.11.2015 – SWE – PSB, Stockholm + Grimner (SWE) & Apocalypse Orchestra (SWE)
21.11.2015 – FI – Dog’s Home, Tampere + Kivimetsän Druidi
Pagan Records is honoured to announce that legendary pagan black metal act Sacrilegium have finished recording material for their upcoming new album. This will be the band’s second full-length and follow-up to the cult release, Wicher(1996, Pagan Records). The first mix already sounds impressive and the band members are greatly excited. It is official, Sacrilegium are back!
Children’s Suicide Music is designed to provide an entertaining means of teaching children about the importance of losing hope. The 43-minute album, recorded with the Blliigghhtted line-up Emir, Merdumgiriz and Ruhanathanas, is continuing the drum and synth based bad trip of the sophomore “Kill Your Repulsive Child”. This time around, the music can best be described as Doom Metal without guitars, maybe suitable to call this album “Blackened Doom Synth”. Merdumgiriz’ vast and psychotic drumming alongside Ruhan’s and Emirs expansive and suffocating synths create the backdrop to mostly echo soaked chanted vocals. While having a ritualistic background, the music is very progressive in both style and form. Each song shows a great deal of variety in terms of musical ideas both within and without, while keeping a nostalgic overtone. The dreamlike lyrics are written in a time of depression that made the principle songwriter lock himself in a room for 6 months and they are meant to be a propagandist tale to make depressed children lose all hope and commit suicide. The music, composed at that same dark times is as unrelenting and dreamlike as the dungeons that the dark but strong cathedral production and psychotically depressive melodies present. Overall, this album is not only presenting an unarguably unique experience, but also one that is strangely addictive.
VIRANESIR birthed itself as an experimental musical project created by YAYLA mastermind Emir Toğrul. Originally intended as the solo project of the fictional main character in the film “Drink From The Fountain Of Uncertainty”. The project has released 6 full-length albums and a split since its inception, ranging from psychedelic synthpunk to experimental death metal.
As with all his work on Merdumgiriz Records, Emir Toğrul’s grand vision, each copy of the “Children’s Suicide Music: ((Ritual Of (Love) Is The Key))” CD and Tape will be made by hand in the artisanal style. Emir paints the discs, cuts and inserts the prints for the jewel case and jacket, making all non-machined parts from scratch. All current and upcoming merch comes to fans direct from the hand of the creator himself.
Darkness Always Prevails
In The Underground
French black/death metallers, TEMPLE OF BAAL, have released an advance stream of their new album,“Mysterium”, exclusively on Ultimate-Guitar.com! Set to be oficially released on October 2nd via Agonia Records, “Mysterium” is available for streaming right now at this link:
In their over 15 years-long career, marked by four full-lengths and numerous split releases, the highly respected French coven TEMPLE OF BAAL have evolved from a primitive Black/Thrash outfit into a monstrous Black/Death Metal entity of epic dimensions. “Verses Of Fire”, the last album (2013), was acclaimed worldwide as a milestone in the band’s career, allowing TEMPLE OF BAAL to perform at notable festivals such as Hellfest, Motocultor, Summer Breeze, Kings Of Black Metal and Speyer Grey Mass. The formation also played selected shows in France, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, sharing the stage with the likes of Watain, Antaeus etc.
As the album’s title suggests, “Mysterium” dwells on the topics of spirituality and religiosity. “From the opener, Lord Of Knowledge And Death, to the closing number, All In Your Name, every inch of this record drips with it” – comments the band. “Mysterium can be seen a collection of meditations and prayers over the mysteries of Faith, directed towards the gods of the left hand path”.
Musically, TEMPLE OF BAAL‘s Black Metal roots are back in full force, allowing the atmospheres to develop through songs of epic proportions, mostly clocking around 8 or 9 minutes each. “Mysterium”covers a wide musical specter, from slower ritualistic parts, to furious blasts and thrashy riffs or the surprisingly melodic choirs of“Magna Gloria Tua” and “Hosanna”, each song taking the listener into a spiritual journey, evolving through various climates, keeping the listener’s mind awake. “I never got that much into monotonous, uniform albums” – says band’s leader Amduscias. “I like music to take my mind from one point to another. Even if I have a strict view of what TEMPLE OF BAAL should be, stagnation is not something I’m very fond of.”
The recording of “Mysterium” took place in Hybreed Studios with long-time sound engineer, Andrew Guillotin (Glorior Belli, Mourning Dawn), who managed to capture the band’s trademark massive sounding, magnifying it through a warm and organic production. Cover artwork and layout have been prepared by David Fitt (Aosoth, Secrets of the Moon, Svart Crown) and Maria Yakhnenko.
Paying tribute to their old school roots, TEMPLE OF BAAL covers Bathory for the second time, with the song“The Golden Walls Of Heaven” closing the vinyl edition as a bonus track.
“Mysterium” will be available in:
– 6 panel digipack CD witt 16 pages booklet
– regular gatefold double black vinyl
– limited to 150 hand-numbered copies double gatefold vinyl (including onepicture disc and oneblack vinyl)
1-Lord Of Knowledge And Death
2-Magna Gloria Tua
6-Black Redeeming Flame
7-Holy Art Thou
8-All In Your Name
9-The Golden Walls Of Heaven (Bathory Cover, vinyl bonus track)
Upcoming shows: Fall Of SummerFestival, 5 September, Torcy, France Dark Night Festival, 7 November, Chambéry, France
(More dates TBA)
MEPHORASH is a black metal band hailing from Sweden featuring members of Malign, ex Ofermod. Their new album has been just released by Odium Records and it’s divided into 4 hymns which serves as a luminescent focal point for the fourfold rite of nullification of the four primal elements. Each track of the album features additional vocals from the vocalists of Malign, Hetroertzen, Embrace of Thorns and Fides Inversa.
The tracklist is as follows:
1. Riphyon- The Tree of Assiyah Putrescent
2. Phezur- Dissolving The Sea of Yetzirah
3. Cheidolun- Breaking The Blade of Beriah
4. Berberioth- Vandalising The Throne of Atziluth
The album has been released as deluxe six panel digipack with gold foil stamped seals woven into the artwork.
The album will also be available in a die-hard edition, limited to 50 hand numbered copies on cd and vinyl that will be released together with a book written by occultist G. De Laval. The book will process and dig deep in to the concept of the negated elements with around 50 pages of pure occult magic. Die hard digi pack version will be available in November and vinyl later this year.
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Z Pisy, města proslulé šikmé věže, přijedou Subhuman. Banda, která brázdí pódia od roku 2001, patří ve svém žánru k Italské špičce. Jejich muzika čerpá převážně za staré americké thrashové školy, Subhuman však přidávají i další prvky, hodně znatelné jsou vlivy evropského death metalu i moderní vlny technického metalu.
Už jejich první demo sklidilo kladné ohlasy a kapele byla prorokována skvělá budoucnost. První dlouho hrající deska Profondo Rozzo z roku 2009 předpoklady jen potvrdila a otevřela kapele dveře na velká pódia. Subhuman si zahráli po boku například In Flames, Deicide, Amon Amarth, Exodus, Behemoth a dalších hvězdných jmen, a zúčastnili se několika mezinárodních festivalů, mj. Evolution Festival 2008 nebo Gods of Metal 2010. Zatím poslední deska z roku 2012 nese název Tributo di sangue.
Známějším kolegům bude na turné sekundovat další parádní italská banda, Sinphobia z Verony. Na rozdíl od svých souputníků je tahle banda trošku víc do deathu a klade větší důraz na groove. Kapela funguje od roku 2009. Vloni vydala svoji první dlouhohrající fošnu, s jejímž názvem si příliš hlavu nelámala a nazvala ji prostě Sinphobia.
Female fronted death metalových kapel v poslední době přibývá, což vůbec není na škodu. Jednou z těch, které stojí za zmínku, jsou pražští Diligence. Rozhodně nehrají na líbivou notu, jejich muzika je promyšlená a pekelně složitá, orgasmus pro uši náročného posluchače. To vše podtrhuje mocný vokál drobné Dahlien, která řve také v litoměřických Keep on Rotting.
Kapela je od svého vzniku na přelomu let 2012 a 2013 velmi aktivní. Na kontě má tři singly, jedno EP, pár desítek koncertů a několik festivalů po celé České Republice. Za zmínku stojí například vystoupení s moldavskými Infected Rain, Hard Fest 2014 v Pohoří či letošní Death Cofee Party a dokonce i Trutnoff Open Air.
Teprve na počátku cesty stojí progressive thrashová smečka ze Šestajovic jménem Thrashing Machine. Jak už to tak u mladých kapel bývá, chvíli klukům trvalo, než se usadili v žánru a sestavě, nyní už však mají jasný směr a také první EP jménem Insight, které, byť má nějaké mouchy, zní překvapivě vyzrále a sálá z něj energie a pohoda, kapele tak vlastní při pódiových vystoupeních. Thrashing Machine v současnosti nahrávají své první dlouhohrající album.